2017 Moscow Open: all for one and one for all

by Albert Silver
2/7/2017 – Once more one of the world's largest chess festivals took place in the heart of the chess world, the Moscow Open. Named as if it were but one event, it is rather a sprawling festival of chess competitions that range from foremost main Open, to an exclusive (and very well attended) Women's Open, an Amateur (sub-2300), team events, university competitions, a huge children's competition, and this year they even innovated with a Rapid Chess tournament for the blind!

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All photos by Galina Popova

The RSSU School Champions’ Cup was one of the first to open the program of the XIII International RSSU Chess Cup, 2017 Moscow Open. 740 chess players under 14 entered the struggle for the prizes. They represent 10 countries: Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Spain, Estonia, Kirgizia, Lithuania, Peru and Ukraine.

The children enjoyed their own special opening ceremony with their own special entertainment

The children clearly loved it and were mesmerized

And what a show they got!

Ernesto Inarkiev, the 2015 winner of the main event with a huge 8.0/9 score, was present and impressed

Over 740 competitors came for the competitions for boys and girls under ages 9, 11, 13, and 15

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The grand Ceremony Opening of the XIII International RSSU Cup, 2017 Moscow Open traditionally was held in the assembly hall of the Russian State Social University main building.

The program started with the Russia dance performance by show-ballet of Irina Knyazeva

This year the competition saw no 2700+ players, though it had no shortage of grandmasters. Top seed was Sanan Sjugirov with 2673 FIDE. A slip in round four to FM Ramil Faizrakhmanov cost him dearly and he finished in 14th place. That said, FM Faizrakhmanov actually scored a full GM norm, so it wasn't just a bad beat.

Second seed was Russian-born American Gata Kamsky, who came for the very first time. In an interview, he explained that the previous year he had played Gibraltar, something he had been meaning to do for a while, and next on his bucket list was the Moscow Open, whose dates clashed with the other event. The American finished with 7.0/9 and 5th place.

Third seed was the very talented GM Vladislav Artemiev, who came tied first with 7.5/9 but came second on tiebreak

Another big name was Denis Khismatullin who did well and came in 4th with 7.0/9

The surprise winner was nevertheless IM Dmitry Gordievsky, rated 2562 FIDE, who had a superb event, finishing with 7.5/9, and a 2771 performance. This also earned him 23 Elo and 500 thousand rubles, (roughly US$8500).

The prizewinner's podium of the Main Open

Final standings for Main Open

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 TB 
rtg+/-
1
16
IM
Gordievsky Dmitry RUS
2562
7,5
55,5
22,8
2
3
GM
Artemiev Vladislav RUS
2655
7,5
51,5
11,8
3
5
GM
Grachev Boris RUS
2650
7,0
53,5
8,2
4
7
GM
Khismatullin Denis RUS
2639
7,0
50,5
3,5
5
2
GM
Kamsky Gata USA
2666
7,0
50,0
-2,2
6
23
GM
Atabayev Maksat TKM
2492
7,0
49,0
20,2
7
21
GM
Levin Evgeny A. RUS
2506
7,0
48,5
12,3
8
26
IM
Golubov Saveliy RUS
2487
6,5
51,0
13,7
9
9
GM
Volkov Sergey RUS
2617
6,5
50,0
-1,4
10
13
GM
Predke Alexandr RUS
2573
6,5
49,5
4,2

Click for complete Main Open standings

The Women's Open saw WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina at the top of the ranking list, but finished in 7th

Kashlinskaya - Kovanova

 

Babiy - Kashlinskaya

 

The surprise winner was the astonishing 36-year-old WFM Oksana Gritsayeva, who had the tournament of her life and won with a divine 8.5/9!

Final standings for Women's Open

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 TB 
rtg+/-
1
11
WFM
Gritsayeva Oksana
2321
8,5
53,5
74,8
2
4
IM
Kashlinskaya Alina
2418
7,5
55,0
14,8
3
12
WGM
Belenkaya Dina
2319
7,0
48,0
18,6
4
13
WGM
Babiy Olga
2315
6,5
55,5
33,6
5
3
IM
Galliamova Alisa
2446
6,5
54,0
-1,9
6
2
IM
Bodnaruk Anastasia
2463
6,5
52,5
-3,8
7
1
WGM
Goryachkina Aleksandra
2466
6,5
50,5
-7,3
8
17
IM
Vasilevich Irina
2285
6,5
50,0
8,8
 
20
WIM
Khlichkova Tatiana
2260
6,5
50,0
24,6
10
8
WGM
Osmak Iulija
2343
6,5
49,0
-0,5

Click for complete Women's standings

The veteran's tournament was won by GM Evgeny Sveshnikov, also the highest rated amongst his peers

A surprise event this year was the intorduction of the Rapid Chess event for the visually impaired and blind

This event was held at the time control of 20 minutes plus a ten-second increment. So the players could follow the time, they had headphones plugged into the clock!

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Lavanda Lavanda 2/7/2017 02:38
I'm glad that you wrote an article about Moscow Open, which isn't as star-packed as Gibraltar but neverthless pretty strong.
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